Remission (Re-Issue) Original recording remastered
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MASTODON Remission (2014 US 11-track digitally remastered CD album featuring the debut album from the American metal band originally released in 2002 including the single March of the Fire Ants sealed & stickered embossed gatefold picture sleeve with expanded artwork by Paul Romano RR7215)
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Certainly by the time Remission was recorded Mastodon had discovered that special something that has seen them elevated above being easily classified as just another hardcore/thrash/techmetal/progrock/whatever outfit. Their music has a depth rarely found in the often shallow or frivolous contemporary metal scene. I find that listening to Mastodon is like being bludgeoned with something massively dense but beautifully soft. Not until the proceedings are over do you realise that you are bleeding from the ears.
This recording has a real sense of the 'live performance' and you sometimes wonder if you are listening to a Mastodon Jam session as Brann Dailor's drumming drives the band along a technical tightrope. But this ever present danger of witnessing four musicians collapse in a grinding heap imbues the recording with levels of energy that few bands manage to capture in a studio.
If you are lucky enough to find Remission, buy it.
Mastodon have created a truly unique sound that is really refreshing. The level of technical proficiency displayed on this album is astonishing! With the band switching from crushingly brutal, to catchy and melodic seamlessly.
The drumming is awe inspiring, Brann Dailor is constantly rolling off amazing fills, and it never gets tiresome, he just keeps you on your toes the whole way through. The guitar work is also good, very technical and precise, featuring some very unique and jazzy riffs; in fact March of the fire ants has one of the best opening riffs I've ever heard! I really like the vocals as well, there done in a shouty/raspy kind of manner, and whilst there nothing amazing, they do fit the music perfectly. For all fans of extreme metal.
Whereas Today Is The Day often sound a little samey, and their albums tend to drag somewhat, you could never level that accusation at Mastodon. There is loads of variety on this album - the band are not content with merely making a bowel-clenchingly heavy rumble, they like to chuck some variety in as well. Not since Bloodlet's majestic outro piece from 'The Seraphim Fall' have acoustic guitars been used to such unnerving effect as on this album. 'Ole Nessie' has a real supreme menace to it, and the fact that the song is bookended by quieter passages makes it all the more threatening.
Fusing extreme metal (hardcore tinged with grindcore) with more diverse influences such as southern rock and death metal, this has to be one of the most impressive albums for a long time.
The highlight of the album comes quickly, with 'March Of The Fire Ants' - a monstrous intro, followed by a spine-splittingly heavy main riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a Meshuggah album. The bridge is a beautiful harmonised arpeggiated piece that is reminiscent of Iron maiden at their best! and the song then breaks down in a similar vein to Neurosis circa 'Times Of Grace' before returning to the opening riff briefly to end the song on a high note. Superb.
Essential listening, and could set the blueprint for an entirely new breed of metal. Relapse have come up trumps again!
If you like this try:
High On Fire - Surrounded By Thieves
Soilent Green - Sewn Mouth Secrets
Today Is The Day - Temple Of The Morning Star
Clutch - Transnational Speedway League
Mastodon have somehow combined all my favourite things about the '80s Slayer and Metallica records and modern death metal, and created the simply stunning masterpiece you have wisely chosen to investigate further. This has set the bar for contemporary extreme music way, way high.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had the later Matsodom albums for a while, loved them all, this one is awesome, same brutality as other earlier stuff.
Best metal band around!!!!
Bought for nephew xmas present and he says it is 5 stars and was worth the wait.Published 18 months ago by Sharon
What a great album.
Listen to it.
Then listen again.
Purchased this for my son who used to have this but got lost. He absolutely loves this CD and is very pleased with it. He has their other CD's too.Published on 25 Jun. 2013 by Mrs. Wendy J. Wood
EPIC ALBUM!!! NICE AND HEAVY FROM MASTODON, BUT DIFFERENT TO THERE OTHER GRATE ALBUMS!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DECENT SPEAKERS!!!Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by liam
I bought this after having all the other albums and I have to say WOW it is so different. I was a bit taken aback it is very very heavy and crushing and the vocals are all roared... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by Cubby Kovu
2012 vinyl pressing review. I love this album but....
Not a great sounding pressing if I'm honest. It sounds as distorted as the CD. Read more
Mastodon have been my favourite band for many a year now and I cannot recommend this or any of their albums more. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2011 by A Brook